After several hiccups, the stage is finally set for the launch of 3G or third-generation mobile telephony services by the end of the year in India. The services will allow a mobile phone user to access live video streaming and to download massive files to start with.
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The scope of 3G services is of particular interest since India is the second largest and the fastest growing telecommunications market in the world. At present 14 operators are scrambling for 15-20 million mobile phone subscribers that are added every month.
The technology is expected to not only rationalize the tariffs and stabilize margins for the operators but could also lead to consolidation of the sector. Keeping this in mind, Mint looks at the 3G experience in other markets.
Compiled by Shauvik Ghosh
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